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Author Slowik, Michael, author.

Title After the silents : Hollywood film music in the early sound era, 1926-1934 / Michael Slowik
Published New York : Columbia University Press, ©2014
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Description 1 online resource
Series Film and culture
Film and culture.
Contents Introduction -- a wide array of choices: musical influences in the 1920s -- Music in early synchronized and part-talking films, 1926-1929 -- Toward a sparse music style: music in the 100 percent talkie, 1928-1931 -- Interlude: the Hollywood musical, 1929-1932 -- Music and other worlds: the Hollywood film score, 1931-1933 -- Reassessing King Kong; or, the Hollywood film score, 1933-1934 -- Conclusion
Summary Viewing more than two hundred films from the American film industry's early sound era (1926-1934), Michael Slowik launches the first comprehensive study of a long-neglected phase in Hollywood's development. Slowik follows filmmakers' shifting combinations of sound and image, recapturing the volatility of this era and the variety of film music strategies that were tested, abandoned, and kept. He explores early film music experiments and accompaniment practices in opera, melodrama, musicals, radio, and silent films and discusses the impact of synchronized dialogue. He concludes with a reassessment of King Kong (1933) and its groundbreaking approach to film music, challenging the film's place and importance in the timeline of sound achievement
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed November 26, 2014)
Subject Motion picture music -- United States -- History and criticism.
MUSIC -- Instruction & Study -- Theory.
Motion picture music.
United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0231535503